Tifton Gazette


June 14, 2014

Spearman elected president of Ga. District Exchange

TIFTON — Tyron Spearman, two-time president of the Exchange Club of Tifton, has been elected President of the Georgia District Exchange Clubs.  Spearman accepted the Exchange Gavel and Bell from Ted Noe, 2013-14 president from the Exchange Club of Rome.

Spearman was sworn-in at the annual Georgia District Exchange Club Convention in St. Simons Island by National President Don Wright of Murfreesboro, Tenn.  Spearman will lead Georgia's 43 Exchange Clubs with over 20,000 members, the largest state member of the National Exchange Clubs based in Toledo, Ohio.

"The Exchange Club is a great service club that is dedicated to promoting Americanism, recognition of our deserving youth, improving the lives of people in our communities and promoting our national project, child abuse prevention," Spearman said, challenging the conventioneers.  "We must teach this new generation that our communities just didn't happen, people that cared and wanted our communities to be better sacrificed to make it happen including our freedoms.  We need to give back to our communities and get involved.  I think the Exchange Club has the best projects for a person to do that!"

Spearman said he was influenced in his 43 years of membership by former District President from Tifton in 1970, Dr. Si Harmon and Butch Griffin of the Albany Exchange Club.  "They always said, someday you will lead this organization!"

"It is always an honor to represent Georgia at the National Exchange Club Conventions and workshops.  Georgia is fortunate to have had two national presidents and has the largest membership of any state.   I'm looking forward to working with our officers and the 10 district directors."

Spearman was named the Georgia Exchangite of the Year in 2010-11 and Exchangite of the Year in the Tifton Club in 1972 and 1982.  While serving as President of the Tifton Club twice on his tenure, he sponsored new clubs in Moultrie and Ashburn.  

Spearman said, " One of our goals this year is to build four new clubs in Georgia plus increase our membership by 10 percent."  

In 1986, Spearman's editorship of the INFO-X won him the Best Club Bulletin Award for small clubs.

Spearman initiated the idea of the Bids for Kids television auction, sponsored annually by the Tifton Exchange Club to raise funds for the agencies helping to prevent child abuse in the Tifton area.  The club has raised more than $250,000 for local agencies.

In his professional career, Spearman was Public Relations Director at ABAC in the 70s, coordinator of the Georgia Peanut Commission in the 80s and is now the Executive Director of the National Peanut Buying Points Association and editor of the Peanut Farm Market News.  His voice is heard daily on the Southeast Ag Net Radio Network and the Georgia Peanut Report.  The Spearman Agency team also coordinates the projects of the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association.



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